Crises of Liberal Democracy: Political Economy, Social Integration, Law and Identity

David Abraham Symposium

Date: March 3 - 4, 2017
Time: Friday, 2pm - 5pm; Saturday, 9am - 5pm (reception to follow)
Location: University of Miami School of Law, 1311 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Faculty Meeting Room, 4th Floor Law Library

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Friday, March 3, 2017


Welcome Remarks and Introductions by
Patricia D. White, Dean & Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

2:15pm – 3:30pm

Panel 1: Political Economy of Crisis, Then and Now

Speaker: Geoff Eley, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Michigan
Commentator: Dominique Reill, Associate Professor of History, University of Miami
Chair: Charlton Copeland, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Panel 2: Genocide: From Lemkin and Paul Robeson to BLM

Speaker: Anson Rabinbach, Professor of History, Princeton University
Commentator: Alex Lichtenstien, Professor of History, Indiana University Bloomington
Chair: Kunal Parker, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Saturday, March 4, 2017

9:30am – 11:00am

Panel 3:Fear and Resentment in Immigrant Receiving Societies

Speaker: Claus Offe, Emeritus Professor of Political Sociology, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
Commentator: Alejandro Portes, Professor of Law & Professor of Sociology, University of Miami
Chair: Nancy Green, Directrice d'études, EHESS, Paris

11:00am – 12:15pm

Panel 4:Boundaries: Physical, Political, Cultural

Speaker: Ulrich K. Preuß, Emeritus Professor of Law and Politics, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
Commentator: Alexandre (Sandy) Kedar, Professor of Law, University of Haifa
Chair: Marta Petrusewicz, Professor of Humanities, Universitá della Calabria

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Lunch & Remarks, 
Osamudia James, Vice Dean & Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

1:15pm – 2:45pm

Panel 5:States and Longevity: Politics and Human Well Being

Speaker: John Torpey, Professor of Sociology and History, CUNY Graduate Center
Commentator: Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University
Chair: Caroline M. Bradley, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

2:45am – 4:00pm

Panel 6:Worst Practices: Undoing Democracy in the 21st Century

Speaker: Kim Lane Scheppele, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Princeton University
Commentator: Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
Chair: Philip Nord, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University

4:00pm – 5:15pm

Panel 7:Cheer Up! Democracy Is Still Possible

Speaker: Joel Rogers, Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs and Sociology, University of Wisconsin
Commentator: William Sewell, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Political Science and History, The University of Chicago
Chair: Yolande Cohen, Professor of History, University of Quebec at Montreal


Closing Remarks
Donald Jones, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Atina Grossmann, Professor of History, The Cooper Union


Farewell Reception

Hotel & Parking Information

Visitors of the University can park in the Pavia garage located at 5615 Pavia St, Coral Gables, FL 33146. There is a pay-by-space machine available for daily for hourly or daily commuters. For a map of campus parking, click here.

The official conference hotel is the Sonesta Coconut Grove, located in the heart of Coconut Grove at 2889 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. Constituents of the University can take advantage of the University rate of $199++ by emailing Elizabeth Dubon at All guests are encouraged to book early as conference rates are limited and on a first come, first serve basis. 

Registrants of the conference can also take advantage of a host of other local hotels that extend discounts to the University and their constituents. Please click here to explore your options.


To register for this event, please click here.

Contact Sabrina Segura at for any questions.

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